There is understandably much talk of the First World war this week, and it’s entirely likely that you will have seen at least a snippet or two of one particular participant's literary output.

Siegfried Sassoon joined the British Army when it became clear that war was inevitable. He served on the Western Front and was decorations for extraordinary acts of bravery included the Military Cross. But by 1917, he became a vocal opponent of the continuing conflict, and his last years of service were shrouded in controversy and accusation.

He documented his time at war in several diaries and journals, and for the first time, you can see those neatly written observations, musings and now famous poetry, as he faced the untold horrors of the Great War.

You can explore them at It is humbling and haunting to see these words, some of which you may recognise, and, this week of all weeks, we recommend that you take a look at the firsthand accounts documented by one of the most noted commentators on the First World War.